Writers @ Work, a nationally-known independent writer’s organization, has successfully promoted and supported a creative writing community–locally, regionally and nationally– for twenty-eight years. While attending W@W events writers can hone their skills and meet to discuss their work with fellow writers, agents, editors and publishers.
W@W was founded in 1984, when Dolly Makoff, the owner of Dolly’s Bookstore in Park City, Utah, approached writer/editor James Thomas about the possibility of having a writers’ conference in Park City. Phyllis Barber and François Camoin soon joined the group, and W@W was born. Past conferences were held in Park City, and more recently at Westminster College. Our move to the historic Alta Lodge in the scenic Wasatch Mountains has elicited enthusiastic praise.
W@W has enjoyed great success in its 2011 – 2012 year. The re-Boot Camp with Judith Freeman in October 2011 was fully subscribed and was accompanied by a competition in memoir and personal story, a panel on Western writing in partnership with the Utah Humanities Council, and a featured reading in partnership with City Art. In the winter the full three-genre Fellowship Competition yielded top-quality winners as well as finalists whose work is being considered for publication by Quarterly West. And in June 2012 the Writers at Work signature conference was held at the Alta Lodge in the Wasatch Mountains for the second time. Faculty included Debra Monroe, Heather McHugh, Steve Almond, Pete Fromm and Bill Harley, and consultants Kate Gale, Kathryn Beaumont, Kit Ward, and Margaret Dalrymple. Evaluations were enthusiastic and interesting suggestions from faculty and participants alike will help build on W@W’s current success.
The goal of Writers at Work is to continue to make a difference in the work and lives of writers, whether by giving them what they need to move on to their next draft, by connecting them to a community of writers, or by introducing them to the world of publishing. Each year W@W continues to advance its mission of helping writers at all levels of skill and experience develop as writers and succeed as authors. Through its conferences, competitions, and re-Boot Camps W@W has seen talent brought to fruition and careers launched.